- Pedestrian killed during traffic collision on I-55 (10/23/16)5
- Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter faces challenge from criminal investigator Wes Drury (10/21/16)8
- Shooting injures two people in Cape early Tuesday (10/19/16)34
- 18-year-old killed in one-car crash Thursday morning (10/21/16)1
- Man arrested after dispute at school spurs brief lockdown (10/21/16)6
- Perry County: A great place to find home away from home (10/14/16)
- 'I feel for them' (10/20/16)1
- Tours provide a glimpse of Cape Girardeau's supposedly haunted past (10/17/16)1
- Benton man accused of statutory rape, selling pot (10/20/16)1
- Crews are working on the new Drury Hotel (10/21/16)1
Once again, we must stay alert
Once again, we have been asked to return to a state of high alert against the possibility of another terrorist attack. This time, officials believe, another strike could come before the Islamic holy month of Ramadan ends in mid-December.
Previous appeals to be on alert have, thankfully, not been accompanied by other attacks. Indeed, there is some concern that telling Americans to be on alert without specific information about any imminent threats actually diminishes our readiness.
But careful readers and listeners have been able to ascertain that there is more substance to these alerts than meets the eye. For one thing, we now know that the latest alert came as the result of intercepted telephone conversations in Canada among suspected terrorists and their sympathizers.
Obviously, it is not in our best security interests to be told every detail of high-level intelligence about what the terrorists are plotting. For now, we must do what every American is capable of doing: stay alert.